João Victor
Hi everyone, Can I be fluent in 3 months?
Apr 9, 2019 1:38 PM
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Miriam makes some good points — it depends on the relationship of your native language to your target language, and the number of hours you can dedicate to practice. You absolutely don’t have to move anywhere — that’s what the internet is for. If you’re PT-BR learning Spanish from scratch, then one month is actually feasible. (By fluent, I just mean able to hold ordinary simple conversations, get your point across, and understand the person you’re talking to. Don’t expect to wow anyone with your rhetorical skills or brilliant prose.) If you were learning English from scratch, three months would be well within reach (but you’ve got quite a good head start on that, don’t you?). I had one Brazilian student — out of hundreds — who went from zero to holding business conversations in two months. He put in full-time hours. Warning: Intensive study leads to quick gains, but you’ll need to actually use the language afterwards or you’ll forget quickly. If you have a real need to learn the language, then intensive study can be the perfect solution, but if it’s just a stunt to impress friends on social media, I cannot recommend it at all. Personally, I prefer slow and steady progress, but intensive study can be the perfect solution for some people in certain circumstances.

April 9, 2019
That depends on

1. your definition of fluency

2. the level you're starting at

3. the time you'll put into the language learning

If you start as a total beginner with Chinese and aim at C2, then the answer is a clear no.

You're a native Portuguese speaker. If you'd move to a Spanish speaking country and immerse yourself completely, studying and communicating 8 hours per day and you'd be aiming at B2 in 3 months, then I'd say, yes, absolutely.

April 9, 2019
try in 300 months... it's more realistic...
April 9, 2019
I agree with Miriam.

I think "fluency" is : speaking spontaneously and well enough. "Spontaneous" is affected by many things which aren't related to language. "Well" and "enough" are relative.

April 9, 2019

Phil, if intensive study is fun for you (or is not too hard), why not? 
Some people would spend their vacation on a Caribbean island and other would rather be drilling something:) What does Pamela Anderson do when she has a vacation, by the way? 

April 9, 2019
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